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Gerdts, Walter
December 21, 1933 - May 12, 2019
Service:Thursday, May 16, 2019
1:00 pm
A celebration of Walter’s life will be held at 1pm on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Sylvan Lake, 5020 48th Street.


Walter Gerdts

Walter Gerdts passed away peacefully in Red Deer on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at the age of 85. Walter was born on December 21, 1933 in Vulcan, Alberta to Elsie and Walter Gerdts. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Rosemary Gerdts, his daughters Janice Gerdts (Robert Mast), Joanna (Ted) Harvey, Jennifer Gerdts (Alan Sellery) and his 9 grandchildren; Lawson, Paige, Clarke & Theresa Harvey, Heather & Cody Mast and Michael, Scott & Kate Sellery, his great granddaughter Tessa Harvey and his sister Waltraut (Otto) Symanczyk and their children Erica (Dave) Stone, Alan Symanczyk & Walter (Kim) Symanczyk, son-in-law Bob Cooper and their children. He was predeceased by his niece Valerie Cooper.
In addition to being loved by his family, Walter was well known in the agricultural community through his many years of running Great West Feeds. He will be remembered for his hard work ethic, love of dancing and filling the room with laughter.
A celebration of Walter’s life will be held at 1pm on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Sylvan Lake, 5020 48th Street. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, charitable donations may be made to the Canadian First World War Canadian Internment Recognition Fund (CFWWIRF) through the Shevchenko Foundation, 202 - 592 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 3P4.
The First World War Canadian Internment Recognition Fund was set up to recognize and acknowledge the experiences of all ethno-cultural communities affected by Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920. Walter’s father was interned in the camp in Banff and then in Kapuskasing. Walter felt strongly that this piece of Canadian history needed to be recognized. The family is ever grateful for Walter Gerdts Senior’s desire to be in Canada despite his unfortunate early experience.


Darren Lamothe:
Dear Rosemary and family, it is hard to believe that a month has passed since Walter passed away. The funeral and eulogy was a touching and honoring tribute to the kind of man that Walter was. I loved his sense of humor and his upbeat and positive outlook on life. He was one of the kindest and most generous people I have met and I was privileged to have been able to get to know him over the years. He was a wonderful friend and business partner and he was, in many ways, a father figure to me. My deepest condolences to each of you.
Lorna Watkinson-Zimmer:
Dear Gerdts family, I was so shocked to read of your husband and Dad. I am so sorry; losing a parent and a partner is sometimes too much. Lean on each other, you have good relatives and friends to get you through. Take care, Lorna
April Dunham:
Dear Rosemary and Family
I send you all my deepest sympathy on the passing of Walter. In the words of Ray..."Walter was a gentleman."
Barbara Cross:
Dear Rosemary, So very sad to lose your husband of so many years. I enjoyed reading the notes from friends who knew him...and he must have been a delightful man. Filling a car with straw?? I am sorry that i didn't know him. Sending sympathy and thoughts to you and your large family .
Lynn Heimsoth :
So sorry for your loss. It was so nice to recently reconnect with you all. It was an honour to care for Walter. I loved his strength, sense of humour, and the twinkle in his eyes. I had wanted to attend the funeral service but I had to work. My thoughts are with each of you. Walter could not have asked for a more supportive and caring family.
Janell and Erle Gillespie:
We were so saddened to hear of Walter's passing. Walter was larger than life. His wonderful personality and adventurous spirit brought so much to our lives. I have so many fond memories of water skiing, a bit of sailing and the best water fights at Sylvan Lake. Walters enthusiasm and laughter always made us feel so welcomed and special. Walter was one of a kind and will be missed. Our condolences to all of you.
Edward McRobbie:
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you the family on the passing of Walter.He was a great guy to work for and had a great sense of humour and hearty laugh . Dearly remember all the. pork congresses he held for many years the barbecues were excellent with nothing spared and even the dances after.RIP Walter
Dick & Margo Foster:
Hope I see all you girls I know so well to give you hugs. So sorry for your loss.
Mavis Kirton:
Dear Rosemary and family, we were so sad to hear of Walter’s passing and know he will be missed beyond measure. May your memories of all the happy years together help you to get through and eventually heal your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Mavis and Frank.
Sheila Kinniburgh-Fuller:
Jennifer and families. We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our family wishes our condolences to you and your family.
Lynn Lamothe:
I'm so sorry Jen! I'm thinking of you and wish you the knowledge of great memories, and much love. Take care!
Joanne Poile:
Jen - so sorry to hear about your condolences to your family. Although the loss of a parent is inevitable its still very hard when it happens. Thinking of all of you at this time...and know that his laugh lives on with you!
Trish & Pat Hanrahan :
Jen and family, So sorry for the loss of your dad. Although we never had the honor of meeting him, he sounded like quite the gentleman. All our prayers for you and family during this difficult time. Enjoy all the wonderful memories of his life.
Audrey Graham:
Dear Rosemary and Family,

I am saddened to hear of Walter’s passing. I understand the journey, losing my husband and my Father too. We can be very thankful for great memories. Take good care.
Roz Aebig :
My condolences to you Rosemary. I remember our times at Lakewood Ladies Golf. Take care.
Ethel Wilde :
So sorry for your loss .you are in my prayers
Wenona Motta McCormick:
I first knew Walter because I was Gerry's daughter, but as an adult remember him as the signal that my day at the credit union was over. He always came with a bright smile and a joke for us all. While iit has been many years since I have seen him, I am sorry to hear of his passing and send my condolences to the family.
Margaret Garrett:
Rosemary, so sorry to hear of Walter's passing. I will remember his humor and laugh fondly.
Pat Ranger:
I loved coming to your house in Red Deer and hearing Walter's contagious laugh. I remember his practical jokes like filling our car with straw and I still remember him picking me up and pretending to throw me down your basement stairs. My deepest condolences and love to you all.
Catherine Ranger:
I was so sorry to hear about Walter's passing. I have many fond memories of fun times as the next door neighbour to the Gerdts family and weekends spent at the cabin in Sylvan Lake. Walter was so friendly and outgoing and my mom particularly enjoyed his practical jokes! My condolences to all of Walter's family.

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